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Amex Green, Gold, Every Day MR 332,718

Delta SkyMiles. Amex Delta Gold and Blue 202,255

American Airlines. Citi MileUp MC 64,534

Amtrak Guest Rewards MC 40,460

IHG Traveler MC 60,257

BofA Cash Rewards Visa (3% Travel) $78.48

Citi Double Cash MC $107.92

Citi Rewards+ MC Thank You Points 18,520

Choice Privileges Visa Signature / Points 291,799

Regions Cash Rewards Visa Signature $119.59

HSBC Cash Rewards MC $266.08

Wells Fargo Cash Wise Signature Visa $42.74

 

Shopping Portals:

DOSH $87.37

Rakuten Amex MR Earning. Pays out quarterly.

Fetch Rewards Points 18,674

AA/DL Dining and Shopping

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2020 Thread   For 2021, I'm doing things a little different. Instead of being a thread that is centric on Choice Hotels, I'll be posting the earnings and redemptions for all the programs I p

Yes, I was lucky enough to stay at the Gold Strike Hotel in Jean, Nevada, when the hotel was full of customers and it cost $55. Well, the luxurious high roller room is really $250 per night, and a Jac

Vacation. Bags are packed. Taking Amtrak in the morning to Washington DC.

Amex Green, Gold, Every Day MR 332,895

Delta SkyMiles. Amex Delta Gold and Blue 202,255

American Airlines. Citi MileUp MC 64,534

Amtrak Guest Rewards MC 40,460

IHG Traveler MC 60,257

BofA Cash Rewards Visa (3% Travel) $78.48

Citi Double Cash MC $107.92

Citi Rewards+ MC Thank You Points 18,520

Choice Privileges Visa Signature / Points 291,799

Regions Cash Rewards Visa Signature $119.59

HSBC Cash Rewards MC $266.08

Wells Fargo Cash Wise Signature Visa $42.74

 

Shopping Portals:

DOSH $87.37

Rakuten Amex MR Earning. Pays out quarterly.

Fetch Rewards Points 18,674

AA/DL Dining and Shopping

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Amex Green, Gold, Every Day MR 336,771

Delta SkyMiles. Amex Delta Gold and Blue 202,255

American Airlines. Citi MileUp MC 64,534

Amtrak Guest Rewards MC 40,460

IHG Traveler MC 60,257

BofA Cash Rewards Visa (3% Travel) $78.48

Citi Double Cash MC $107.92

Citi Rewards+ MC Thank You Points 18,520

Choice Privileges Visa Signature / Points 291,799

Regions Cash Rewards Visa Signature $119.59

HSBC Cash Rewards MC $266.08

Wells Fargo Cash Wise Signature Visa $42.74

 

Shopping Portals:

DOSH $87.37

Rakuten Amex MR Earning. Pays out quarterly.

Fetch Rewards Points 18,674

AA/DL Dining and Shopping

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Amex Green, Gold, Every Day MR 336,771

Delta SkyMiles. Amex Delta Gold and Blue 202,255

American Airlines. Citi MileUp MC 64,534

Amtrak Guest Rewards MC 40,460

IHG Traveler MC 60,257

BofA Cash Rewards Visa (3% Travel) $110.35

Citi Double Cash MC $107.92

Citi Rewards+ MC Thank You Points 18,520

Choice Privileges Visa Signature / Points 291,799

Regions Cash Rewards Visa Signature $119.59

HSBC Cash Rewards MC $266.08

Wells Fargo Cash Wise Signature Visa $42.74

 

Shopping Portals:

DOSH $87.37

Rakuten Amex MR Earning. Pays out quarterly.

Fetch Rewards Points 18,674

AA/DL Dining and Shopping

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Mrs. Vig and I have the Alaska Railroad on our list of things to do. Playing around with some dummy bookings, I can see their pricing is nothing to sneeze at. That goldstar price includes all dining and soft beverages. Adventure class is about 50% cheaper, and you have to pay for all food and drink.

 

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On 7/14/2021 at 11:34 AM, TheVig said:

Mrs. Vig and I have the Alaska Railroad on our list of things to do. Playing around with some dummy bookings, I can see their pricing is nothing to sneeze at. That goldstar price includes all dining and soft beverages. Adventure class is about 50% cheaper, and you have to pay for all food and drink.

 

 

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Worlds Largest Chocolate Waterfall - Anchorage, Alaska

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4 hours ago, TheVig said:


Well now I know where Golden Coral got their inspiration. 

 

I think there's a prize for being the one millionth person to drag your paronychia through the communal dessert.

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5 nights last week at the Econo Lodge again in Raleigh.

 

Amex Green, Gold, Every Day MR 336,771

Delta SkyMiles. Amex Delta Gold and Blue 202,255

American Airlines. Citi MileUp MC 64,534

Amtrak Guest Rewards MC 40,460

IHG Traveler MC 60,257

BofA Cash Rewards Visa (3% Travel) $110.35

Citi Double Cash MC $107.92

Citi Rewards+ MC Thank You Points 18,520

Choice Privileges Visa Signature / Points 304,054

Regions Cash Rewards Visa Signature $119.59

HSBC Cash Rewards MC $266.08

Wells Fargo Cash Wise Signature Visa $42.74

 

Shopping Portals:

DOSH $87.37

Rakuten Amex MR Earning. Pays out quarterly.

Fetch Rewards Points 18,674

AA/DL Dining and Shopping

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I hate points loyalty programs handled by points dot com. Compared to say Rewards Network, they are extremely slow to award points. I got this email yesterday, saying my points are approved. This is from a order, from about 5 months ago! I totally forgot about it.

 

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Amex Green, Gold, Every Day MR 336,771

Delta SkyMiles. Amex Delta Gold and Blue 202,255

American Airlines. Citi MileUp MC 64,534

Amtrak Guest Rewards MC 40,660

IHG Traveler MC 60,257

BofA Cash Rewards Visa (3% Travel) $110.35

Citi Double Cash MC $107.92

Citi Rewards+ MC Thank You Points 18,520

Choice Privileges Visa Signature / Points 304,054

Regions Cash Rewards Visa Signature $119.59

HSBC Cash Rewards MC $266.38

Wells Fargo Cash Wise Signature Visa $42.74

 

Shopping Portals:

DOSH $87.37

Rakuten Amex MR Earning. Pays out quarterly.

Fetch Rewards Points 18,904

AA/DL Dining and Shopping

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Statement cut, and SUB hit my Amtrak account.

 

Amex Green, Gold, Every Day MR 336,888

Delta SkyMiles. Amex Delta Gold and Blue 202,255

American Airlines. Citi MileUp MC 64,534

Amtrak Guest Rewards MC 65,506

IHG Traveler MC 60,257

BofA Cash Rewards Visa (3% Travel) $110.35

Citi Double Cash MC $107.92

Citi Rewards+ MC Thank You Points 18,520

Choice Privileges Visa Signature / Points 304,054

Regions Cash Rewards Visa Signature $119.59

HSBC Cash Rewards MC $266.38

Wells Fargo Cash Wise Signature Visa $42.74

 

Shopping Portals:

DOSH $87.37

Rakuten Amex MR Earning. Pays out quarterly.

Fetch Rewards Points 18,979

AA/DL Dining and Shopping

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@TheVig, I'm so impressed by how you max out the benefits of these programs. :) I know it takes a lot of work and keeping everything in your head as you make purchases.

 

I'm just curious about one thing. Choice usually runs there $50 gift card for a two stays at two hotels in the summer (at other times of the year it's 8K points). Technically, it's the same in the summer but they temporarily change the amount of points needed for most of the gift cards on their list from 16k to 8k. I'm just wondering, do you typically opt for using your Choice points for stays at their hotels or for the gift cards. I was wondering if you might have done any analysis of which nets the most for your points. (I also don't know if getting/using points from stays as a Choice Privileges member is in any way different from what happens when you have both that program and their Choice Privileges Visa). I'd love to hear your thoughts, if you don't mind sharing. :) 

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8 hours ago, roundaboutrain said:

@TheVig, I'm so impressed by how you max out the benefits of these programs. :) I know it takes a lot of work and keeping everything in your head as you make purchases.

 

I'm just curious about one thing. Choice usually runs there $50 gift card for a two stays at two hotels in the summer (at other times of the year it's 8K points). Technically, it's the same in the summer but they temporarily change the amount of points needed for most of the gift cards on their list from 16k to 8k. I'm just wondering, do you typically opt for using your Choice points for stays at their hotels or for the gift cards. I was wondering if you might have done any analysis of which nets the most for your points. (I also don't know if getting/using points from stays as a Choice Privileges member is in any way different from what happens when you have both that program and their Choice Privileges Visa). I'd love to hear your thoughts, if you don't mind sharing. :) 


I never use the points during promos for gift cards, I just keep the points. The Choice CC gives an additional  5 points/$ on top of the 10 points/$ when booking directly. 
 

I have diamond status with Choice. However the status doesn’t mean much with Choice. Especially when comparing to more upscale brands. My hotel needs when on vacation are very utilitarian. Simply put, I just need a comfortable bed, and hopefully somewhat clean room. 
 

For me it’s all about hoarding up points from my reimbursable business travels to cover our vacations. We could care less about pools, breakfast buffets, and gyms.  
 

The thing about this hobby is there is no one size fits all when leveraging credit card programs. Everyone’s goals are different. 
 

I’ll post something later on maximizing Choices promos and tag you on it. 

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Amex Green, Gold, Every Day MR 336,888

Delta SkyMiles. Amex Delta Gold and Blue 202,255

American Airlines. Citi MileUp MC 64,534

Amtrak Guest Rewards MC 65,506

IHG Traveler MC 60,257

BofA Cash Rewards Visa (3% Travel) $110.35

Citi Double Cash MC $107.92

Citi Rewards+ MC Thank You Points 18,520

Choice Privileges Visa Signature / Points 304,054

Regions Cash Rewards Visa Signature $119.59

HSBC Cash Rewards MC $266.81

Wells Fargo Cash Wise Signature Visa $42.74

 

Shopping Portals:

DOSH $87.37

Rakuten Amex MR Earning. Pays out quarterly.

Fetch Rewards Points 19,029

AA/DL Dining and Shopping

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Amex Green, Gold, Every Day MR 336,888

Delta SkyMiles. Amex Delta Gold and Blue 202,255

American Airlines. Citi MileUp MC 64,534

Amtrak Guest Rewards MC 65,506

IHG Traveler MC 60,257

BofA Cash Rewards Visa (3% Travel) $110.35

Citi Double Cash MC $107.92

Citi Rewards+ MC Thank You Points 18,520

Choice Privileges Visa Signature / Points 304,054

Regions Cash Rewards Visa Signature $120.60

HSBC Cash Rewards MC $266.81

Wells Fargo Cash Wise Signature Visa $42.74

 

Shopping Portals:

DOSH $87.37

Rakuten Amex MR Earning. Pays out quarterly.

Fetch Rewards Points 19,284

AA/DL Dining and Shopping

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Spent two nights in Columbia SC on business.

 

Amex Green, Gold, Every Day MR 336,888

Delta SkyMiles. Amex Delta Gold and Blue 202,255

American Airlines. Citi MileUp MC 64,534

Amtrak Guest Rewards MC 65,506

IHG Traveler MC 60,257

BofA Cash Rewards Visa (3% Travel) $110.35

Citi Double Cash MC $107.92

Citi Rewards+ MC Thank You Points 18,520

Choice Privileges Visa Signature / Points 310,544

Regions Cash Rewards Visa Signature $120.60

HSBC Cash Rewards MC $266.81

Wells Fargo Cash Wise Signature Visa $42.74

 

Shopping Portals:

DOSH $87.37

Rakuten Amex MR Earning. Pays out quarterly.

Fetch Rewards Points 19,461

AA/DL Dining and Shopping

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Amex Green, Gold, Every Day MR 336,888

Delta SkyMiles. Amex Delta Gold and Blue 202,255

American Airlines. Citi MileUp MC 64,534

Amtrak Guest Rewards MC 65,506

IHG Traveler MC 60,257

BofA Cash Rewards Visa (3% Travel) $110.35

Citi Double Cash MC $107.92

Citi Rewards+ MC Thank You Points 18,520

Choice Privileges Visa Signature / Points 310,544

Regions Cash Rewards Visa Signature $120.60

HSBC Cash Rewards MC $267.52

Wells Fargo Cash Wise Signature Visa $42.74

 

Shopping Portals:

DOSH $87.37

Rakuten Amex MR Earning. Pays out quarterly.

Fetch Rewards Points 19,461

AA/DL Dining and Shopping

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